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Lorelai Victoria Gilmore
Played by: Lauren GrahamA single mother, avid eater and caffeine addict, and manager of the Independence Inn in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. At the age of 16, her entire life was changed when she became pregnant and two years later she ran away from the home of her controlling parents with her baby to make a life of her own.
- Aesop Amnesia: Lorelai has a tendency to go back to Christopher at the most inappropriate times. Rory calls her out on it, but she doesn't learn.
- Big Eater: It's implied Lorelai eats a lot, and yet remains extremely slender. Other characters comment on this occasionally.
- Black Sheep: Of the Gilmore family; getting pregnant young and running away from home will do that.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite her eccentricities, she does a good job running first the Independence Inn and later The Dragonfly Inn.
- Catch Phrase: "Dirty," as her own version of That's What She Said.
- Chronic Pet Killer: All of Lorelai's pets - a least until she adopts the dog Paul Anka in season 6, have died. It's a running gag, to the point where Miss Patty even attempted to stop the dog shelter worker from allowing Lorelai to take Paul Anka.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A mild case compared to her neighbors, many find her to be eccentric.
- Cool Big Sis: To Rory, despite being actually her mother, not her sister. They are extremely close. At one point, Lorelai regrets she hadn't taught her how to drink and handle alcohol when Rory is going for her first spring break at college. She is also this towards Lane, who feels more comfortable confiding in Lorelai than her actual mother.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's very quick witted, and easily the snarkiest character on the show, even more than Luke.
- Doting Parent: Definitely. She thinks her daughter is a paragon of perfection, and reacts very strongly when forced to realize that is not always the case.
- Dude Magnet: Besides her two most important Love Interest (Luke and Christopher), she also dates Max, Alex, and Jason. Kirk had a crush on her for a while and asks her out in one episode. She's also considered a Stacy's Mom to Rory who once said "I hate having hot parents!". When Zack (who is much younger) meets the Gilmore girls for the first time, he was more interested in Lorelai rather than in her young beautiful daughter.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Umlauts", which involved Lorelai as a teen, a particularly cold summer day when she fell out of a canoe at summer camp wearing a t-shirt with no bra; the nickname comes from how a certain part of her body resembled said diacritic after coming out of the water.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Lorelai is a career woman and sure as hell can't cook, but she can at least brew up coffee and she's a damn impressive seamstress. She's paired with Luke, a bistro owner who is an excellent cook, and her close friend Sookie is a master chef who occasionally cooks her something.
- The Gadfly: It's her main coping mechanism when it comes to her parents. In season 3 she even admits this to her mother, and "teaches" her the trick so she could cope with Trix, her mother in law. As Lorelai later tells Rory, Emily has done it beautifully.
- Genki Girl: Lorelai's perhaps one of the most chipper characters on the show.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With both Rory and Sookie. Rory is her daughter, her only close family for a really long time when she was not on good terms with her parents. Sookie is her best friend with whom she starts a business.
- Mama Bear: Lorelai's laid back for the greater part of the time, but if you hurt Rory...
- Motor Mouth: A Gilmore trait. She talks and talks and talks in rapid-fire pace.
- Ms. Fanservice: The show rarely passed up opportunities to have Lorelai in sexy outfits and lingerie.
- Must Have Caffeine: Lorelai can't function before her morning coffee, and drinks unhealthy amounts of it during the day.
- Not So Different: Occasionally with Emily. Though if someone points it out, expect the horrified Lorelai to quickly drop off her ways.
- Open-Minded Parent: Very much so, though she had a hard time with all of Rory's relationships throughout the series at one point or another. She mentions at one point that she plays the "Mom" card as infrequently as possible.
- Only Sane Woman: She is the most level-headed between her, Sookie, and Michel. She's also by far the most normal person in Stars Hollow, which admittedly isn't saying much.
- Parental Substitute: For Lane. Lane is Rory's best friend with an extremely strict mother and she must hide her true self from her. Lorelai can offer her advice on stuff she couldn't admit to her mom.
- Rebellious Princess: Lorelai became pregnant with Rory at sixteen but chose not to marry the father, Christopher Hayden. Instead, she left her privileged world and moved to Stars Hollow where she became employed at the Independence Inn. There Lorelai progressed from maid to executive manager.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Rory's Blue. She's a humorous and talkative Genki Girl, while Rory is studious and shy.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Luke, even when they weren't a couple. He's usually the Grumpy Bear Only Sane Man, and she's quirky and talkative.
- Self-Made Woman: Even though she comes from money she ran away from home as an unwed mother, got her first job basically because the inn's owner took pity on her, lived in a tool shed and less than twenty years later owned her own house and was part owner of her own inn.
- Shipper on Deck: To Rory and Dean in seasons 2 and 3. Dean was the only one of Rory's boyfriends whom Lorelai really liked, but she only truly embraced this trope when Jess entered the scene.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Played with. She gets drawn back to Christopher each time because she thinks he gets his act together.
- Teen Pregnancy: Got pregnant at 16 with Rory.
- The Unfavorite: To both Emily and Richard, but especially Richard. She feels they prefer her daughter Rory over her. However, they prove multiple times that they do love her as well.Lorelai (to Rory): You are the Great White Hope of the Gilmore Clan. You are their angel, sent from up above. You are the daughter they didn't have.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Wacky Parent to Rory's Serious Child.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Luke. Eventually They Do.
- Womanchild: Her daughter is much more mature than she is.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Once her mother agrees with her in something, Lorelai usually begins to self-doubt. One example would be Emily's approval of Lorelai's desire to terminate Rory's friendship with Bad Boy Jess. Lorelai immediately comes to conclusion that she must've approached the Moral Event Horizon and decides to give Rory more freedom.
Lorelai "Rory" Leigh Gilmore
Played by: Alexis BledelLorelai's teenaged daughter and best friend. A shy and socially awkward bookworm with aspirations to become a journalist. She slowly comes out of her shell and finds herself drawn to the upper-class world her mother left behind.
- Adorkable: Her Nice Girl nature and nerdy tendencies often combine to make her this.
- Aesop Amnesia: In the revival, taken directly from her mother: repeatedly coming back to her "man she cannot quit", even when it's a glaringly bad idea as he's engaged. She also apparently forgets that cheating and treating her boyfriends badly are bad things, treating your work seriously and prepare for it. At least she doesn't steal anything this time.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Over the course of the series, seems determined to date the baddest boy in the series (so long as he's book smart). First, she dumps wholesome Dean for Jess; after Jess leaves town, she ends up back with Dean, who is a significantly darker character, given that he's cheating on his wife with Rory; later, she chooses Logan, who is a member of a secret society and a rebel against the wealthy society of his upbringing, over Nice Guy Marty.
- All-Loving Hero:
- In early seasons, while people do annoy her on occasion, she's still pleasant to everyone she deals with, even if they're antagonizing her and is remarkably kind to school bullies like Paris and Tristan. Downplayed in later seasons as she becomes more spoiled and self-centered.
- Averted in the revival, as while she still cares about her family and friends she's rather condescending towards others, including the people who could help further her journalism career, and has no problems cheating on her boyfriend repeatedly just because he's "boring" and she can't be bothered to break up with him.
- Always Someone Better: She's very smart and does extremely well in academic stuff, so Paris feels she might overshadow her (which later happens to a degree). Rory's best friend Lane is also sometimes jealous of her life, because everything seems to be going swimmingly for Rory: she's at great school, heads to Ivy League, has a loving boyfriend, has a close relationship with her mom and her rich grandparents adore her while Lane is stuck at uninspiring high school, her mother is incredibly strict and she can't follow her true passion without being sneaky about it.
- Amicable Exes:
- She finally parts with Jess on friendly terms (not so much with the two other boyfriends). She also was this with Dean in Seasons 3 and 4.
- A Year in the Life shows that her and Dean on good terms now, despite their disastrous second breakup in season 5.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She has a very long fuse, but you don't want to be around on the rare occasions she goes off.
- Big Eater: Like her mother, Rory is able to consume huge amounts of food, rich food like fries or pizza including. It never shows on her body. Often lampshaded by other characters, including her boyfriends Dean and Jess.
- Brainy Brunette: She's a brilliant, studious Teen Genius and has brown hair.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: She's the Gentle Girl Next Door to Jess' Troubled, but Cute Brooding Boy.
- Can't Take Criticism:
- In Season 5, she responds poorly to Mitchum Huntzberger telling her she doesn't have what it takes to be a journalist. Her Heroic B.S.O.D. is understandable, given that this is coming from a major figure in her desired profession, but stealing a yacht was a decidedly poor way of handling the situation.
- In A Year in the Life, she reacts badly during her interview with Sandee Says for being unprepared and unoriginal.
- Also the reason behind her summer-long fight with Lorelai in Season 6, and their falling out right before Rory and Emily's trip to Europe in Season 5. In both of these cases, Rory's reason for leaving is wanting to avoid Lorelai's opinions on Rory's life choices (especially in her romantic life).
- Character Development:
- Starts the series as a shy, awkward bookworm who struggles to string two sentences together around boys and generally prefers her own company. Come Season 5, she's actively pursuing Logan.
- Shockingly inverted in A Year of the Life, when we find out she's actively regressed and borders on Future Loser: she makes very poor professional decisions, is drifting through life without goals, treats yet another boyfriend like dirt and has gone back to the man "she cannot quit" - much like Lorelai with Christopher - and is having an affair with him to boot, as they are both in relationships. It results of her storyline consisting of getting out of the rut, very similarly to season six.
- Cute Bookworm: She's a cute girl and she's never without a book (until she drops out of Yale). Her relationship with Jess stems from a mutual passion for reading.
- Deadpan Snarker: Although more subtle than her mother or Luke.
- Dude Magnet: Manages to attract a large number of men throughout the course of the show. In season 2, Dean, Tristan, and Jess are all interested in her.
- Future Loser: In the original series she's Valedictorian and Vice Student Body President at high school, gets accepted into multiple Ivy League schools, editor of the Yale paper and ends the show covering Obama's campaign tour. Come A Year In The Life she's perpetually unemployed, seemingly published a handful of articles in ten years, unprofessional regarding any job opportunities she does get and sleeping with her ex-boyfriend while he's engaged and she's dating someone else. And then ends up returning to her small-town home pregnant.
- Generation Xerox: Her three main love interests greatly resemble her mother's three main love interest in the course of the show. Also in the revival , albeit not at sixteen, she gets pregnant, most likely with the guy paralleling Christopher in her mother's life. Additionally, the first half of A Year in the Life depicts her resembling her father in similar age, being aimless and unable to get herself together.
- Genius Book Club: Rory reads everything, from contemporary literature to criticism to biographies to classics. Nearly every episode has reference to at least one book that she has read, is reading, or is planning on reading.
- Girl Next Door: A cute and feminine girl, and a big part of her appeal is how approachable and down to earth she is.
- Go-Getter Girl: Ambitious, hard-working straight A student and Extracurricular Enthusiast.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- Being told "You don't got it." causes Rory to give up her dreams and drop out of school.
- She has a minor one when she doesn't get the Reston Fellowship in the New York Times. As Lorelai tells her, she's used to working hard and getting what she wants, so it's difficult for her to deal with disappointment.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With both Lorelai and Lane. Later with Paris, too.
- Hollywood Nerd: For a supposed "nerd", Rory's stunning.
- Has her moments. For example, she's absolutely horrified when she learns that Dean's dropping out of college, and tries to persuade him that no reason is good enough for such an act. Any of those reflections come back to her when she does exactly the same a season later?
- In the revival, Rory also tells the CEO of Sandee Says that her actions are unprofessional, while Rory was the one who showed up unprepared, without any ideas or pieces of writing to show her; she doesn't even appear to have a resume or portfolio with her.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Her mother has blue eyes too, but Rory fits this more due to her sweet, naive personality.
- Karma Houdini: Her sleeping with Dean despite his being married is pretty much glossed over in Season 5. She gets a chewing out by Lorelai for it (which admittedly is a rarity) and she does show some initial signs of feeling guilty, but Lorelai eventually forgives her and whatever guilt she may feel isn't strong enough to prevent her from continuing to see him (though he did leave his wife as a result). Stars Hollow also continues to adore and idolise her, even though they're normally pretty gossipy and judgmental, and know the circumstances of Dean and Lindsay's divorce.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Also has a few moments of this, especially in college.
- Lack of Empathy: In A Year In The Life it's shown that she is fine with sleeping with someone in a relationship while cheating on her boyfriend of over a year because he's "boring" a casual viewer might find this borderline sociopathic.
- Left Hanging: Remember during the season 6 finale where Rory begged for a job at her internship? Yeah, it's forgotten during the first episode of the seventh season.
- Motor Mouth: Even faster than her mother.
- Must Have Caffeine: Rory's need for caffeine isn't as extreme as her mother's, but it's there all the same. note
- Nerds Are Sexy: Her option, as there's an episode where Rory is seen sitting in the college cafeteria wearing a t-shirt with the logo, "Reading is Sexy". Considering she wears it while thinking about Logan, the third guy in the series she's attracted to for his intellect, it is a reflection of what she honestly believes.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Simply in comparison to her mother.
- Nice Girl: A genuinely good, pleasant Girl Next Door, and considered the biggest sweetheart in Stars Hollow.
- Only Friend: In "New and Improved Lorelai", Paris admits that she considers Rory this.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her full name is Lorelai, named after her mother and later revealed to be a traditional family name, but she's always referred to as Rory.
- Parental Favoritism: Emily and Richard have no qualms about spoiling and praising Rory while looking down on Lorelai.Lorelai (to Rory): I'm not sure my father has ever loved anything in the world more than he loves you.
- Princess Phase: Rory doesn't want her grandmother to make her into a princess as she thinks of it being something for small children. She honestly did imagine herself as a princess when she was young. At least she has a crush on the prince from the Sleeping Beauty cartoon. She specifically says that it was a long time ago.
- The Quiet One: She starts as a quiet, shy, socially awkward bookworm who is uncomfortable around other students, especially boys. She grows out of it, in college.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to both Paris and Lorelai's Red.
- Replacement Goldfish: A sore point throughout the series is Emily trying to bring Rory up to be the daughter that Lorelai never turned out to be. This comes to a head when Rory is living with her grandparents and Emily accidentally refers to Richard as Rory's father.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Despite her other tendencies, it's there. At first it's played straight, when she chooses the nice Dean over the insufferable Tristan (though she shows some signs of attraction to Tristan). Then she dumps Dean for the 'bad boy' Jess... only to start complaining over time that he doesn't treat her the way Dean used to. And the trend continues: after breaking it off with Jess, she goes back to Dean, ostensibly because he's someone 'who loves her and is good to her'... while he is married to another woman. The next is Logan, a self-claimed womanizer who tries to persuade Rory that he's not a boyfriend material. She goes for him anyway and is hurt when he turns out to be, well, a womanizer and not quite a boyfriend material. Essentially, she goes for the bad of wrong men while still expecting the 'Good Man' scenario.
- Spoiled Sweet: She was raised by her Closer to Earth single mother in relative poverty, but when she's a teen, she definitely benefits from her grandparents' wealth, upper-class status and influence. She's considered the biggest sweetheart in Stars Hollow and perhaps in the whole of New England.
- Tomboyish Name: She's named after her mother and great-grandmother, but everyone calls her Rory.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- In college. Particularly after she slept with a married man, stole a boat, dropped out of school, moved in with her grandparents, joined the DAR, and didn't speak to her mother for months.
- In A Year In the Life where she again sleeps with a guy in a relationship, cheats on her own boyfriend and acts horribly bratty regarding her career. And unlike in the original series no one calls her out on any of it.
- The Unfair Sex: Played with. Lindsay and Dean's moms certainly bear hatred towards her and consider her a homewrecker, and Lorelai chewed her out for simply disregarding Dean's marital status and sleeping with him, as if Lindsay's feelings didn't matter. Luke, on the other hand, goes on and on about how Dean is not worthy of her and was 'unstable' because he got married despite pining for his former girlfriend. (This last is particularly unfair because it simply wasn't true. ...At least, about Dean.)
- Uptown Girl: To her first two boyfriends. Rory herself was pretty down to earth, but both Dean and Jess were considered 'not good enough' by her grandparents. Dean worshiped the ground Rory stepped on, as well as her intellect and ambitions, but it became increasingly obvious that she wanted more of life than he did and he couldn't catch up. Jess, in turn, had trouble grasping the concept of a proper socialization in civilized world, like getting along with his girlfriend's family or basically communicating with other people. This even led Luke to try to lay out for his nephew what it means 'to be with a girl like Rory', making it a Discussed Trope.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Paris started out as Rory's academic rival but slowly grew to be her close friend and confidant when Rory couldn't confide in her mother or Lane. They still bicker a lot, though. Even in early seasons, Paris often ran to Rory for help when she had a problem.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Serious Child to Lorelai's Wacky Parent.
- Will They or Won't They?: She has some unresolved romantic feelings and sexual tension for Jess — and he for her — in Seasons 2 and 3.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Played with. She can often be very mature and act as the responsible one in her's and Lorelai's relationship. On the other hand, she can (and often does) act in a very immature manner, as befitting a teenager/young adult (like when she almost didn't change schools to Chilton because of Dean in the first episode). A large part of her character arc is learning to be more than just book smart and becoming "life smart" as well. Inverted in the relaunch; her personal development apparently stalled out entirely and she's incredibly immature and selfish for a woman in her thirties.
Played by: Kelly BishopLorelai's wealthy and controlling mother with whom she has been estranged with most of her adult life. Emily insists on being involved in her daughter and granddaughter's lives after allowing her to borrow money for Rory's tuition, much to Lorelai's dismay.
- Abusive Parents: She comes close to being abusive in the way she treats Lorelai. She was way too controlling when Lorelai was a teenager and tries to meddle in her life when she's an adult. She has a right to care but should know better.
- Aesop Amnesia: Emily just never learns that she has a tendency to drive away Lorelai and even Rory at times by seeking to control everything.
- And Starring: "and Kelly Bishop".
- Character Development: Of all the characters, Emily has progressed the most character-wise in A Year in the Life. She learns how to live her life without Richard, manages to reconcile and bond with Lorelai, and even manages to keep a long-term maid.
- Deadpan Snarker: When she's displeased (particularly with Lorelai), she tends to shoot long, sarcasm-heavy monologues, but every now and then displays the classic, deadpan form of the art of snarking.Emily:Lorelai, hello.Lorelai (startled): Mom?!Emily: You remember, I'm so touched.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She usually seems icy, especially to people who don't come from upper classes, but she can show her warm side. For example, she has a nice scene when she talks about her wedding in the club at Lorelai's bachelorette party or when she got carried away planning Sookie's wedding, revealing she's hopelessly romantic. She's also much softer and more vulnerable following Richard's death.
- Evil Matriarch: Her desire to control the lives of everyone around sometimes make her cross the morality line. The best example is manipulating Christopher into breaking up Luke and Lorelai in Season 5.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Emily's good looks are sometimes commented on, she attracts an admirer in a bar which is apparently a picking-up area oriented at women about 20 years younger than her, and is mentioned to have several suitors within her social circles.
- Happily Married: No matter what else you can say about her, you can't deny that she and Richard truly, deeply in love. Even when they're on the rocks, they always come back to each other in the end. A lot of Emily's storyline in A Year in the Life is about her trying to cope with his death.
- Lawful Stupid: Though it's more a case of Emily only seeing things in black and white.
- Limited Wardrobe: For a woman of wealth and taste, Emily sure does repeat wearing the same outfits, although maybe that's just for Friday Night Dinner or she's simply fashion conservative and sees no need to flaunt her wealth.
- Mama Bear: It's rarely shown, but the times she goes into this mode are the most awesome. When Emily and Richard find out that the reason Rory engaged in reckless behavior that landed her community service, was all because of Mitchum rejecting her internship. Emily and Richard team up to take down both spouses. Emily making jabs at Shira's weight and Richard telling Mitchum off.
- Manipulative Bitch: Lorelai regards her as a master manipulator, and it's not unfounded. She seems especially fond of using verbal traps to get her way.
- Meddling Parents: Emily tends to have strong opinions about how Lorelai should lead her life and is not shy to constantly try to preach/force/manipulate her visions into reality, often over her daughter's will.
- Moral Myopia: She feels entitled in Lorelai's (who disagrees completely) name to have Christopher in a relationship with her daughter no matter what, because they have a child together. To his second daughter, however, Emily refers as 'it' and simply cannot understand what claim Georgia or her mother may have to Christopher.
- Mrs Degree: She met Richard while he was a student at Yale, and she studied history at Smith."I went to Smith, and I was a history major, but I never had any plans to be an historian. I was always going to be a wife. I mean, the way I saw it, a woman’s job was to run a home, organize the social life of a family, and bolster her husband while he earned a living. It was a good system, and it was working very well all these years."
- My Beloved Smother: Emily doesn't seem to understand that Rory is her own person, and constantly pushes her own ideals onto her; unlike her mother under similar treatment, Rory doesn't push back much.
- Rich Bitch: Not the worst out there, but she can be controlling and has a manipulative streak. She often looks down on people from working or middle class.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Emily is very involved in the family's social life and will often be the active (or pushy) one when it comes to orchestrating the events, while Richard is often the one to be dragged from function to function with a resigned look on his face, wishing he would be working. It fits their roles as Socialite and Workaholic respectively, but also their tempers.
- Socialite: Her main role as a society wife. [See above quote under Mrs Degree]. She admits in the original series hints that she sometimes wishes she'd pursued a proper career and struggled with revolving around Richard. The revival sees her ditching the role altogether, moving to Nantucket with her maid's family and becoming an enthusiastic tour guide at the whaling museum.
- Surrounded by Idiots: She holds this view of the endless maids she fires on a weekly basis. Some are genuinely incompetent, others just annoy her or fail to meet her standards.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of the revival she's mellowed out considerably, is much softer towards Lorelai, ditches her snobby DAR friends and - in contrast to her weekly firing of maids in the original series - not only keeps one, but takes in her entire family and is last seen making soup when the maid is sick.
Played by: Edward HerrmannLorelai's father. A normally reserved and no-nonsense insurance man, he begins to form a close bond with Rory after coming back into their lives.
- Badass Grandpa: When Mitchum Huntzberger mistreats Rory, he goes medieval on his arse and gives him a Shut Up, Hannibal! speech.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He seems (and is) much more genial than Emily, but does have sneaky moments and can be quite protective of his family.
- Cool Old Guy: He finds a lot of common ground with Rory, especially through their taste in books.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly to Emily, as a sort of a coping mechanism. He makes sarcastic remarks with deadpan expression and tone, apparently without any hope of making an impact and she almost never notices.
- Fake Guest Star: Each season opening lists Edward Herrmann as making a Special Appearance.
- Happily Married: With Emily, a few bumps notwithstanding. They're still in love and remain married all the way up until he dies.
- Manipulative Bastard: While no-where near as bad as Emily, Richard does have his moments, especially when he tries to coax Rory into going to Yale.
- Momma's Boy: Will even ignore his wife for his mother's needs.
- Papa Wolf:
- It's rarely shown, but the times he goes into this mode are the most awesome. When Emily and Richard find out that the reason Rory engaged in reckless behavior that landed her community service, was all because of Mitchum rejecting her internship. Emily and Richard team up to take down both spouses. Emily making jabs at Shira's weight and Richard telling Mitchum off.
- He also viciously defends Lorelai when Christopher's father accuses her of seducing Christopher and mocks her job.
- The Quiet One: Often has the least to say at family dinners. Of course, with THIS family...
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Emily is very involved in the family's social life and will often be the active (or pushy) one when it comes to orchestrating the events, while Richard is often the one to be dragged from function to function with a resigned look on his face, wishing he would be working. It fits their roles as Socialite and Workaholic respectively, but also their tempers.
- Sharp Dressed Man: You'll be hard-pressed to see this man in anything but a suit and tie.
- The Patriarch: Very much the head of the Gilmore family.
Lorelai "Trix" Gilmore
Played by: Marion RossLorelai's paternal grandmother whom she inherited her name from. She is very close with her son, but completely disapproves of Emily.
- Character Death: Trix dies of old age.
- Evil Matriarch: Worse than Emily. Has been bullying her daughter-in-law to no end for over thirty years, tried to convince her son to leave his bride-to-be at the altar, and leaves a copy of the letter with that for Emily to find, to hurt her beyond the grave.
- Jerkass: Rude and condescending towards Emily, for no apparent reason. She's adoring towards her son and likes Rory, but Emily and Lorelai? Forget it.
- Kissing Cousins: Her maiden name was Gilmore... Rory and Lorelai are squicked by the fact and immediately try to find any genetic faults on their bodies.
- Meddling Parents: Pleaded with Richard not to marry Emily. On their wedding day, no less.
- Not So Different: She and Emily are not too different after all, but Trix turns out to be a lot more manipulative than Emily could ever hope to be.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: When she visits she puts even more energy into bullying her daughter in-law than into pampering her son.
- Pet the Dog: For all of her faults, Trix had a genuinely loving relationship with her son and contributed a lot to charities.
Lucas "Luke" Danes
Played by: Scott PattersonThe owner of the local diner in Stars Hollow that Lorelai and Rory frequent often. Despite his gruff exterior, he is very dependable. He harbors a crush on Lorelai for most of the series, but they begin a relationship in season 4.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Christopher's Veronica for Lorelai's Archie. (Also Betty to Max, Alex, Jason...the list goes on. Safe to say he's seen a lot of Lorelai's boyfriends pass by).
- Big Brother Instinct: Luke will never pass up an opportunity to help the people he cares about. Jess occasionally will poke fun at him for it.
- Book Dumb: Not particularly well-educated, but makes up for it with practical, real-world experience and his own sort of wisdom.
- Bumbling Dad: When he tries to be a dad to April. Despite being a good father figure to Rory.
- Carpet of Virility: Has very manly hairy chest.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Is told by Miss Celine that he looks like Eli Wallach in a certain light.
- Deadpan Snarker: The ultimate snarker on the show and one of the only things he has in common with Lorelai. He's always sarcastic towards quirky people around him, especially because of his Only Sane Man status.
- Embarrassing First Name: A surefire way to annoy Luke would be referring to him as Lucas. Only Mia is allowed to call him Lucas.
- Embarrassing Nickname: His nickname was Butch in high school.
- Grumpy Bear: Has a gruff, world-weary personality.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It comes from cynicism and anti-social Grumpy Bear attitude rather than any actual jerkishness. However he has a close relationship with Lorelai and Rory, and is always willing to help his friends and family.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He's cantankerous and horribly cynical about family, relationships and Stars Hollow but he also spends most of his time looking out for the people he cares about - namely Lorelai, Jess and Rory, bailing his sister out of trouble and is one of the most reliable people in town whenever anyone needs help.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Later in the series his Big Brother Instinct gets deconstructed and comes in a somewhat darker tone. Jess is the one to call Luke out of it again in his usual style. Luke does not take it well.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: I Am Luke And I Am Your Father April shows up out of nowhere and takes his hair to compare their DNA. She is his daughter he had with his ex-girlfriend who never told him because she thought he disliked kids.
- Nice Hat: He's rarely seen without his beloved baseball cap.
- Not So Different: Taylor Doose's fussy, controlling personality makes him Luke's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis. In the revival, though, when Luke's customers are complaining about the lack of Wi-Fi access, Taylor spontaneously dresses down the entire room for being unwilling to look away from their screens for the time it takes to eat a meal in a diner. From Luke's reaction, he was clearly thinking something very similar, but didn't want to say it to his customers.
- Only Sane Man: The most normal person in Stars Hollow, which admittedly isn't saying much.
- Papa Wolf: Tends to be quite protective of the young people he loves: Jess, April, and Rory. To the point where he even calls out Rory's actual father on being there for her less than he has been.
- Parental Substitute: He is a parental figure for Rory and Jess, even stating in "Winter" that he considers them like his own.
- Perma-Stubble: He is never seen clean shaved.
- Real Men Cook: though it's clear Lorelai and Rory would accept just about anything that was edible, Luke's abilities shine in a season-five episode when Sookie takes ill and he has to take over for Sookie at the Dragonfly Inn. Despite his lack of training compared to hers, some of the patrons prefer his food to Sookie's.
- The Reliable One: To the whole of Stars Hollow.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Lorelai's Energetic Girl, even before they were an actual couple.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Tall, dark-haired. He was a Chick Magnet in high school.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: See Tall, Dark, and Handsome above, and most of his dialogue is snarky.
- Will They or Won't They?:
- With Lorelai for a while and the town considers their relationship a constant source of entertainment. Much like Ross and Rachel, this was introduced in the first episode and was not resolved until the very last scenes of series finale. They Do.
- Luke and Lorelai finally decide to get married after nearly a decade together in the Fall episode of A Year in the Life.
Played by: Sean GunnThe oddball among oddballs in Stars Hollow. He is never seen in the same occupation.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's hard to tell if Kirk is just well-meaning but slightly quirky, or perhaps mildly autistic.
- Ascended Extra: Started out as a random guy named "Mick" in the pilot, then developed into an actual character with his own subplots as the series went on.
- Butt-Monkey: Cannot seem to catch a break, ever.
- The Chew Toy: He usually has it coming because of his stupidity, but still.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Even in an entire town of these he stands out. He has weird theories about how world works and constantly breaks social norms when discussing his private life.
- Didn't Think This Through: He moved out of his mother's house, per Luke's suggestion, but didn't find a place to live before leaving. As a result, he spent a few episodes staying the night at other peoples' places after he was found sleeping in Lorelai's garage. He spent a few of them sleeping in Rory's room when she was away at Yale and on Lorelai's couch when she wasn't.
- Fan Disservice: Many probably considered seeing Kirk's naked skinny body a disservice but after they did it the first time loads of people were requesting them to do it again and again.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: When he talked about having a date, he mentioned it was with a young lady (Lulu).
- Manchild: Among his quirks are an affection for childish cereal, toys, and a over-reliance on his mother.
- Momma's Boy: Until Lulu comes along, he has some serious trouble cutting those apron strings.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 3.
- Talking in Your Sleep: He sleepwalks, too.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: He gets a pretty and nice girlfriend in later seasons.
- Wacky Guy: He does the impossible and is deemed local weirdo in a town of full of weird like Stars Hollow.
Sookie St. James
Played by: Melissa McCarthyLorelai's best friend and a perfectionist chef extraordinaire. She gets married and starts a family at the end of season 2.
- Alliterative Name: Sookie St. James.
- Beta Couple: She gets together with Jackson early in the series and they get married only a bit later, and their relationship is stable, in contrast to Lorelai's and Rory's love life.
- Big Fun: A perfect female example of the trope. She's a plus size, but cute and funny and amusing.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's kind of strange and has many quirks, but she's a supreme chef and everybody loves her cooking.
- But I Can't Be Pregnant!: She was extremely surprised with her third pregnancy. Particularly because Jackson had told her he'd gotten a vasectomy. He lied.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Another major example, to the point that Lorelai actually takes on the role of the Cloudcuckoolander's Minder when hanging out with her.
- Control Freak: Rules her kitchen with an iron fist, even when she's supposed to be on bed rest at the end of her pregnancy.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Part of some early awkward characterization. The perfectionist side of her gets more developed in the later seasons. Apparently, on the day she first met Lorelai, she had cut her fingertip off in a kitchen accident. Lorelai had picked up the part and took her to the hospital, only for the accident to repeat itself several days later.
- Demoted to Extra: Sookie's role gets reduced to a short cameo in A Year in the Life, as Melissa McCarthy could only film for a short time.
- Fat Best Friend: To Lorelai. They are very close and start a business together.
- Genki Girl: Energetic, bubbly and outgoing like Lorelai, or even more so.
- Girlish Pigtails: Although she's an adult woman, she almost always wears adorable pigtails. It's always a good idea to tie your hair if you work with food.
- Happily Married: Marries Jackson at the end of Season 2, and they remain the most stable couple from that point forward.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lorelai. They both work at the Independence Inn and dream of having their own business.
- Shipper on Deck: She would love to see Lorelai happy. At different points, for Lorelai with either Max or Luke. Particularly for Luke.
- Skewed Priorities: Especially if cooking is involved. Cooking is always on top.
- Supreme Chef: At least when she's not being clumsy.
- They Do: After a season or two of back-and-forth, she and Jackson tie the knot in the Season 2 finale.
Played by: Jackson DouglasStars Hollows's prominent produce man who takes great pride in his work. He begins a relationship with Sookie and the two get married and start a family together.
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat: In season 5, Jackson decides to run for town selectman against Taylor, being tired of his obsessiveness, and wins by an overwhelming landslide. However, Jackson finds that the job is very unfulfilling, so he hands the reins back to Taylor.
- Beta Couple: Starts dating Sookie pretty early on and they remain a stable, happy couple. They provide contrast to Lorelai's relationships.
- Good Ol' Boy: A manly man with old-fashioned values and a country-boy upbringing.
- Embarrassing Old Photo: Jackson owns a pair of pajamas with an old wrestling photo of him on it. Unfortunately, he couldn't hide them from Lorelai and Rory.
- Happily Married: He marries Sookie and they remain very satisfied with their life together, and have several children throughout the series. They are not without a fair share of problems.
- Nice Guy: Genuinely one of the nicest and most-caring men in the series, especially apparent when he and Sookie were first dating.
- Nice Hat: He is rarely seen without a beanie on.
- Satellite Love Interest: Despite being married to the best friend of one of the leads, Jackson doesn't really get much to do outside of his relationship with Sookie. This is especially evident in later seasons. He gets however A Day in the Limelight in a season 5 episode when he runs against Taylor for town selectman (and wins).
- They Do: Marries Sookie at the end of Season 2.
Played by: Yanic TruesdaleA Frenchman with a biting attitude and tongue who works as the concierge at the Independence Inn and later the Dragonfly. Although he is condescending to everyone he comes across, he can't help but admit that Lorelai and Sookie are his friends.
- Camp Straight: Combines camp mannerisms (a love for Celine Dion, impeccable dress, vanity) with occasional assertions of his heterosexuality. Subverted in the revival; he's married to a man and they're considering kids
- Character Development: Michel matures considerably between the original series and the revival, becoming less troublesome and less hostile towards the world (though he doesn't lose the snark that makes him entertaining), reaching the level where sometimes he is the civil and professional one in contrast to Lorelai's behavior.
- Butt-Monkey: Frequently to Lorelai, Rory, and Sookie who constantly mock him and make fun of him.
- The Dandy: Michel is obsessed with how he's dressed and how many calories he consumes per day.
- Deadpan Snarker: His passive-aggressive rants are usually declaimed with a deadpan tone, heavy accent and spiked with jaded snark.
- French Jerk: He is a French concierge, and can be condescending and rude when conducting business, although he's also a...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He appears to share some level of friendship with Lorelai, Sookie and Rory, and deep down cares about them. In the revival, he does call Lorelai and Sookie his friends, feeling lonely that Sookie went on her sabbatical. He apologizes to Lorelai for wanting to leave, but she respects his decision and he's one of the witnesses at Lorelai and Luke's elopement.
- Happily Married: He gets married in the period between the main series and A Year in the Life.
- Momma's Boy: Adores his mother, much to Lorelai's amusement.
- National Stereotypes: Embodies plenty of Frenchmen stereotypes (effeminate, rude/snarky, condescending, vain).
- Older Than They Look: Apparently he turns fifty in A year of the life. Yanic Truesdale looks exactly the same as he looked in the first season of the original series and Lorelai only knows his age because she's known him since she was a teenager.
- Passive Aggressive Combat: Michel never tires of giving lengthy, jaded, sarcastic, passive-aggressive monologues in situations where simple 'yes' or 'no' would often suffice.
- Pet the Dog: He dotes on his Chow Chow dogs.
- Sharp Dressed Man: Always impeccably dressed.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks he is refined and so above everyone else. He isn't.
- Spear Counterpart: In A Year In The Life Lorelai flat out states that he is to her what Paris is to Rory.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Michel is noticeably more mellowed out and kind in the revival, having become Lorelai's closest friend since Sookie moved away. He is genuinely heartbroken when he tells her that he wants to work somewhere else, having outgrown the Dragonfly Inn.
- Twofer Token Minority:
- He is Black and French. Several characters, Drella in particular in season 1, bring up the whole Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey thing.
- A Year in the Life confirms Michel as being either gay or bisexual, as he now has a husband.
- Ultimate Job Security: In real life, no one that rude and dismissive would get to be a concierge for long. However, the revival shows that he's actually very competent at his job and goes out of his way to make the guests happy, only complaining to Lorelai afterwards. He decides to leave the Dragonfly for the W Hotel, citing the fact that the inn is too small for his skill set and feels stifled, especially since his husband is looking to start a family.Lorelai: [Michel is ignoring the phone] Michel, the phone.
Michel: Mmm-hmm. It rings.
Lorelai: Can you answer it?
Michel: No, people are particularly stupid today. I can't talk to anymore of them.
Lorelai: You know who's really nice to talk to? The people at the unemployment agency.
Michel: [picks up the phone] Independence Inn, Michel speaking.
- Also, the inn's owner finds his accent incomprehensible.
- The ending of A Year in the Life implies that Michel might stay at the Dragonfly Inn, as Lorelai decides to open an annex in Stars Hollow.
- Urban Legend Love Life: Michel quite often talks about dates and how he is dieting because ladies love him fit, but we never see him in action.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lorelai. Well, not exactly best friends, but about thrice as vitriolic and still friends.
- With Friends Like These...: Lorelai doesn't usually need any outside conflict in the Inn, Michel complaining and behaving passive-aggressively will suffice.
Played by: Keiko AgenaRory's best friend in Stars Hollow. The two have been inseparable since they met in kindergarten. Lane attempts to be an ordinary American teenager under the watch of her conservative Christian, Korean-centric parents.
- Asian and Nerdy: She's pretty, but can be incredibly dorky and awkward in situations with the opposite sex.
- Author Avatar: Producer Avatar. Lane was inspired by Helen Pai, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's best friend and show producer.
- Beta Couple: With Zach, after they start dating. They eventually get married.
- But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Only had sex once on their honeymoon, but it was enough.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Her attempts to hide her lifestyle from her mother never go well.
- The Cheerleader: Averted. Despite joining her school squad, she retains her same basic personality.
- The Chick: She's the glue that helps keep Hep Alien together.
- Cultural Rebel: Hides unapproved music, makeup and cloths under the floor, as well as giving Rory things to take home so her mother wouldn't find them. She then leaves her mother's house to live with her bandmates (and boyfriend).
- Deadpan Snarker: Just as snarky as everyone else. A lot of her snark is Self-Deprecation.
- Demoted to Extra: In A Year of the Life, we get to spend more quality time with Kirk's pet pig Petal than with Lane.
- Foil: Despite being best friends with Rory, the Kims have the exact opposite relationship than the Gilmores.
- Genki Girl: She's quite fun-loving and energetic despite her strict, conservative parents.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Been best friends with Rory since kindergarten. She feels and fears they might drift apart when Rory changes school and later is in college, but they both make effort to stay as close as possible.
- Meganekko: A cute girl with glasses.
- Nerd Glasses: A serious turn-on for Zach, as it turns out once she gets rid of them. He and Mrs. Kim both agree that they make her look smart.
- One of the Boys: Single girl in an all boy band. One of the reasons Zach had a hard time thinking of her as a possible love interest.
- Only Friend: In early episodes to Rory. While Rory is liked by everyone in Stars Hollow, most of the residents are just adults and acquaintances. Also Rory has no real friends in high school since she is shy and uncomfortable around other students and Paris is more of a frenemy.
- The Power of Rock: eventually, it sets her free, and is her path to find love(s).
- Reality Ensues: She and Zach decide to wait until the wedding night to have sex for the first time... and they decide to recreate a sex scene from a movie. That took place on a beach. So not only do you have the inevitable awkwardness of Their First Time, you also have sand, water, and various other inconveniences the movie wouldn't mention. Unsurprisingly, Lane does not enjoy herself in the least, and it seriously turns her off (no pun intended) to the idea of having sex again for quite awhile.
- Significant Anagram: Lane's band Hep Alien is an anagram of Helen Pai.
- They Do: Spends a few seasons going back and forth with Zach until they finally wind up married.
- Token Minority: Lane and her mother are among the only non-white residents of Stars Hollow.
- Virgin in a White Dress: She planned on having sex but when she had the opportunity she surprised herself by saying, "Oh, well, I have to wait until I get married," because the morals her Seventh Day Adventist mother taught her had stuck. She was afraid that she might never get married and have sex but she did.
Played by: Emily KurodaThe antique shop owner in Stars Hollow and Lane's mother. She is a very conservative Christian and disapproves of most American customs.
- Almighty Mom: She scared the crap out of Zach when found out that he'd been 'laying hands' on her little girl. Also most of Lane's peers (Jess is polite to her), and some of the adults, like Lorelai and even Taylor, fear her to varying degrees.
- Apron Matron: She's the unquestionable head of the household (if Mr. Kim is ever shown, he's never singled out of the crowd of the Koreans occasionally gathered in the house) and rules it with an iron fist.
- Asian Store-Owner: Own the town antique shop.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Beneath her icy exterior lies a good-hearted woman who genuinely does love and want the best for her daughter. she even looses up her standards for suitable men for her daughter.
- Determinator: And she enforces it on members of her family too. She may think Lane's taste in music is sinful, but she'll be damned if she's going to let her daughter give up on her dream:Mrs. Kim: Kims do not give up!
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: The first association Zach and Brian have upon seeing her is: 'remember that guy from Full Metal Jacket?' and after watching her commanding a group of people inside her salon it's easy to see why.
- Generation Xerox: A heartwarming example; Mrs. Kim hides her Christian lifestyle from her traditional Buddhist mother.
- The Ghost: Her husband, Mr. Kim. Lane always talks about her parents but Mr Kim is never seen or heard.
- Hidden Depths: She knows a surprising amount about music, and in a way, becomes Hep Alien's pseudo-manager, booking them a tour and helping Zach write songs.
- Mrs Kim has a masterful understanding of Shakespeare (which she reads to 'good off'), to the point where she quotes a obscure but highly appropriate line of Henry VI ("Let never day nor night unhallowed pass, but still remember what the Lord hath done.”) in response to Dave acknowledging his crush on Lane (The quote is the King speaking to a blind man who has regained his power of sight, and it's in essence Mrs Kim saying something between Well duh and Finally, you're seeing her as you should. It's also a touch of Brilliance as Mrs Kim allowed Lane to attend a Romeo and Juliet play with Lorelai and Rory all the way back in the first season because she thought it was a cautionary tale of young people in love who don't listen to their parents...which is one of the most highly held scholarly viewpoints on the play.
- My Beloved Smother: She is extremely strict, and pushes Lane into a life she doesn't want. However, Mrs Kim loves Lane and care deeply about her. But thinking that Rory might corrupt Lane... well, Rule of Funny was in play.
- Odd Friendship: with Lorelai. The two see eye-to-eye on almost nothing, but Lorelai respects the solidarity of motherhood and will go behind Rory's back when Rory conspires with Lane to do something Mrs. Kim disapproves of. This has the strange effect of making Mrs. Kim the sole person alive who Lorelai will ever cross Rory for.
- Perpetual Frowner: She's rarely seen smiling.
- Team Mom: Evolves into this for Lane's band. Although she has reservations about her daughter being in a rock band, it is clear she cares about them and wants them to succeed, especially when she helps Hep Alien go on tour.
- Terse Talker: Mama Kim lives, runs the business and raises her daughter by simple rules ('You break, you buy!', 'No boys!') and doesn't have to waste words to get people into obeying her.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She remains strict, but she eventually mellows slightly, going from not allowing Lane to even speak to boys and forcing Lane to hide music and makeup under the floorboards, to helping Zach write a song (to prove he's worthy of Lane's hand), lovingly giving Lane her grandmother's wedding ring, and sincerely encouraging Lane to follow her dreams and become a professional drummer. Perhaps Lane moving out was the wake-up call she needed?
Played by: Jared PadaleckiA Stars Hollow high school student from Chicago who eventually becomes Rory's first boyfriend.
- Betty and Veronica:
- Betty to Jess's Veronica. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship with Jess to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature.
- He was the Archie to Lindsay's Betty and Rory's Veronica.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Dean seemingly disappears in season 5 after realizing that Rory's in live with Logan. He has a single scene with Luke and is never seen in the rest of the series.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He gets angry towards Rory when she declines to spend time with him in favor of school or town activities and therefore in the vicinity of Tristan, Jess or Logan. He insisted on being there when Rory and Tristan rehearsed the death scene of Romeo and Juliet, as it involved a kiss. He also dumped her after she blanked on saying "I Love You" back after gifting her with a car and telling her he loved her. Rory eventually did say it several episodes later. His jealousy of Jess at least turns out to be pretty well justified.
- Foil: For Jess. For all of his dependability Dean doesn't stimulate Rory intellectually like Jess does, clashing with him for obvious reasons. Dean also is a good fit for Stars Hollow, whereas Jess tends to annoy the townspeople with his pranks and general attitude. In Dean's final appearance he's still in Stars Hollow after a failed marriage and a job in the local construction company while Jess is last seen having written a book and part of the local arts scene where he lives.
- Happily Married: As of A Year in the Life. He is married with kids and has moved away from Stars Hollow and appears to have a happy life.
- Informed Attractiveness: He's described as 'beautiful' or 'gorgeous' probably even more frequently than the protagonists (compared to their respective amounts of the screen-time)
- New Transfer Student: In season one. He is introduced as the new guy in town in the "Pilot".
- Nice Guy: In the first seasons Dean is the typical friendly wholesome Boy Next Door, especially in contrast to Rory's other boyfriends. His character devolves over later seasons though, see Took Alevel In Jerkass.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 2.
- Romantic Runner-Up: He may have been Rory's first ever boyfriend, but he eventually loses her to Jess and then to Logan as the series progressed.
- Satellite Love Interest: Despite being an important character, he's this to Rory. His story-lines revolve exclusively around a) how he and Rory are in love b) how he is being jealous for Rory's current other love interests c) how is his new relationship inferior to what he had with Rory. Also, him not having much of plans or ambitions outside relationship with Rory and revolving around her while she has other things to do is a recurring aspect since early in the series.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: About 90% of the characters who encounter him comment how tall he is, about 90% of the female characters who encounter him comment how good-looking he is, and he has dark hair. Notably, despite being a prominent character he is not Tall, Dark, and Snarky.
- The Bus Came Back: Dean has a short cameo in A Year in the Life where he runs into Rory at Doose's Market where they catch up.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Downplayed. As the plot was progressing, the writers tried to emphasize his position as Rory's - and her new love interests - intellectual inferior. He never becomes dumb but gradually turns into a simpleton without an original thought, able only to admire Rory.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: By the time seasons 4 and 5 roll around, he's cheating on his wife and gets possessive of Rory.
- Your Cheating Heart: He gets married to Lindsay in season 4 but convinces Rory to rekindle their relationship, leading them to have an affair.
Zach van Gerbig
Played by: Todd LoweThe lead singer and guitarist of the band Hep Alien, who becomes Lane's boyfriend and eventual husband.
- Character Development: He goes from being a happy-go-lucky slacker to a reliable husband and father by the end of the series and the revival. At one point, he even laments that he has to balance out his 9-to-5 career with his rocker lifestyle.
- Chick Magnet: He is several times seen to be quite popular among the ladies and eventually even Lane falls for him.
- Commander Contrarian: If there is a conflict in the band, Zach will be the one causing it.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Goes over-the-top when he thinks other guys (even Brian) might be interested in Lane.
- Guilty Pleasures: In episode 11 of the 4th season, "In the Clamor and the Clangor", it is highly implied that he actually likes *NSYNC and that they are his guilty pleasure. But, he didn't want to admit it and got a little bit defensive when the band teased him about it (they, too, revealed their guilty pleasures — which did not include boy bands or bubblegum pop acts though).
- Likes Older Women: The first time he meets the Gilmore girls. He isn't much interested in Rory, but makes passes on Lorelai whom he considers Stacy's Mom archetype.
- Manchild: Not the most mature member of the group, to say the least.
- Second Love: For Lane. Dave was her first serious love, but after Dave moves to California, Zack replaces Dave as Lane's romantic interest.
- The Slacker: When he is not playing, arguing or womanizing, he is usually seen playing video games or lazying around the (dirty) house and trying to delegate chores to lane or Brian.
- Surfer Dude: He speaks in Totally Radical and has a cool-wannabe attitude, for example forbidding Gil to talk about parental matters because it's not 'rock and roll'.
- Those Two Guys: He and Brian started out as Dave's weird teammates without much of character depth.
Played by: John Cabrera
- Nerd Glasses: Wears a pair and his look is a honest indication about his personality.
- Proud to Be a Geek: He has a tattoo of Snoopy, according to Lane.
- Ship Tease: With Kyon. Her and Brian are visibly interested in each other from the day when Brian impressed her with his knowledge of Korean culture.
- The Smart Guy: Between him, Zach and Gil, Brian is the only one who has the ambition to read or learn about anything.
- Those Two Guys: He and Zach started out as Dave's weird teammates without much of character depth.
Played by: Adam Brody
- Birds of a Feather: With Lane.
- Determinator: In regards to dating Lane. After the Bible quest even Mrs Kim was impressed.
- First Love: Lane had several crushes during the show - notably Henry - but admitted Dave was the first one she felt so strongly about.
Played by: Michael WintersThe selectmen of Stars Hollow and owner of the local grocery store.
- 0% Approval Rating: Because of how annoying and obsessed about ridiculous town matters he is, nobody has much patience for him. However, when it hits the critical point and Jackson runs against Taylor for a selectman and wins by a landslide, turns out that Taylor is the best candidate for that job... exactly because he's the only one willing to take care of the ridiculous town matters.
- Ambiguously Gay: Is apparently considered this in-universe, going by the revival.
- Authority in Name Only: He's the town selectman and for the most part, he's seldom taken seriously.
- Butt-Monkey: Taylor is basically the town butt monkey of Stars Hollow and is even the butt monkey amongst his family. Shockingly enough, Lorelai seems to be the only person to have any sympathy for him.
- Control Freak: Hooboy, is he a stickler for the rules.
- Jerkass: He's unbelievably obnoxious, but usually just tries to what is right in his mind (or is simply self-serving at worst). Townspeople mostly acknowledge that Taylor is a good guy, but don't have much patience for him anyhow.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Seems to take a perverse delight in insisting every rule be followed to a tee, particularly when it irritates others.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: To Luke, who seems to be the only person in Stars Hollow to disapprove and speak out against Taylor's obsessive need to control every aspect of the town. The rest of the townspeople tends to treat Taylor as a joke and Luke's feuds with him as another one.
Played by: Sally StruthersLorelai and Rory's loud, eccentric, but loving next-door neighbor. She treats the two girls like her own daughters. Just among the many of Stars Hollow's zany bunch.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: She's short and chubby while her husband Morey is tall and thin.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A serious example even among eccentric neighbors (though not nearly as much as Kirk). She's quirky, has a strange voice, and often makes inappropriate comments.
- Gossipy Hens: Along with Miss Patty, knows every bit of gossip in the town and happily broadcasts it.
- Happily Married: With Morey. She frequently mentions her husband but she appears more often than him.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Nearly bordering on Crazy Cat Lady at times. Babette can't resist taking in cats and treats them like her own children.
- No Indoor Voice: She talks in very loud voice all the time.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Morey is usually very quiet and hardly ever speaks but she's very chatty and talkative.
- Urban Legend Love Life: At least the way Babette describes it. Apparently she's pushed out of a moving car by a guy and was even part of a cult once.
Patricia "Miss Patty" Lacosta
Played by: Liz TorresAn older woman who runs Miss Patty's School of Ballet in Star's Hollow. She was once quite the starlet and dancer in her youth and never fails to bring it up. Miss Patty is also very involved in the town's politics.
- Big Beautiful Woman: She's large, but still very beautiful, especially when you consider her age. The revival features her having lost a lot of weight and with a completely different hairdo.
- Deadpan Snarker: Like almost everyone in Stars Hollow, she deals with Taylor with crippling sarcasm. Or just telling him to shut up.
- Dirty Old Woman: Flirts with every man who crosses her path, regardless of age.
- Gossipy Hens: She usually stands in front of her ballet school and surveys the town for new interesting bits to see or hear, and she happily passes the knowledge. She's never malicious.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Used to have quite a career on the stage as a beautiful dancer/actress, apparently.
- Mrs. Robinson: Granted Miss Patty flirts with men of all ages, she seems particular fond of handsome young men.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: No one ever calls her "Patricia."
- Spicy Latina: Miss Patty is what happens when this character type grows up and never loses her fiery personality.
- Urban Legend Love Life: Many of her scandalous stories seem to involve famous actors from her heyday as a dancer. Nobody really seems sure if she's telling the truth or not.
- Women Are Wiser: Particularly when Taylor is involved. Despite her over-the-top personality, she seems much more grounded and level-headed than him.
Played by: Rose Abdoo
- Ambiguously Brown: In the very white Stars Hollow.note
- Deadpan Snarker: Taylor makes her favorite target, but not the only one.Jess (about his car, being repaired by Gypsy): Are you waiting for it to tell you where it hurts?
Gypsy: I've seen dumber things talking.
- Girlish Pigtails: Despite her tomboy appearance otherwise
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Assuming "Gypsy" is just a nickname. Her full name is never mentioned.
- Wrench Wench: Car trouble in Stars Hollow? Gypsy's your go-to woman.
Played by: Aris Alvarado
- Big Fun: He's both obese and always cheerful, sunny and polite to customers, in contrast to Luke.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Sometimes to Luke.
- Funny Afro: Has grown his hair out into this in the time between the original series and Year In A Life.
- Spear Counterpart: To Sookie who is a chef as he works in the kitchen of Luke's diner. Though Cesar is much less important than Sookie.
Played by: Ted RooneyThe Gilmore girls' next-door neighbor and Babette's husband. He carries himself with a very cool demeanor and is a talented musician.
- Cool Shades: He wears sunglasses.
- Happily Married: With Babette. He's frequently mentioned by his wife.
- Nice Hat: He is usually wearing a black pork pie hat.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Morey is usually very quiet and hardly ever speaks but his wife is very chatty and talkative.
Played by: Kathleen Wilhoite
- Abusive Parents: Of the deeply neglectful and self-absorbed kind. She essentially leaves Jess to raise himself and apparently spent more time drinking and going through a string of terrible men rather than taking care of her son, with a strong implication that she did marijuana and other drugs around him as well. Even on Christmas, she doesn't ask to see him.
- The Alcoholic: She apparently binge drank without realizing she was pregnant with Jess.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Luke, although he loves her.
- Beta Couple: She's Luke's younger sister and had a string of bad short-term relationship. However, her relationship with TJ is stable, while Luke has ups and downs with Lorelai.
- Big Brother Worship: Adores her big brother Luke
- Cloudcuckoolander: She and T.J. even joined a vegetable-growing cult by accident, needing Luke and Jess to bail them out. Luckily for them, they were apparently too odd for the cult and got kicked out before Luke and Jess save them. Jess flat out calls her a whackjob as he angrily rants about the state of his life to his biological father.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She references that she was a binge drinker and marijuana user in the past, and went through a string of crappy boyfriends and husbands before she met T.J. All this while apparently forgetting that she had a son. By the time she shows up in Stars Hollow with T.J., she has apparently cleaned up her act although Jess doesn't fully believe her.
- Parental Neglect: She packs off Jess, her troubled teenage son, and sends him off to his uncle Luke while none of them had any word in the matter prior to Jess' arrival to Stars Hollow. Jess practically states that she rarely paid attention to him and mostly ignored him, being wrapped up in her own matters in getting drunk, high or finding a man.Jess: She does not care what we think. She really doesn't care what I think. I've got nineteen years of proof to back me up.
- The Stoner: She used to be a heavy pot smoker, but since quit.
- Teen Pregnancy: It's implied she had Jess as a teenager, much like Lorelai had Rory.
Played by: Michael Deluise
- The Ditz: In his later appearances. He wasn't initially presented as a particularly bright guy, but later devolved to someone whom a construction crew can trick into thinking he's the boss, while sending him off to buy them sandwiches to get him out of the way.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's an obnoxious moron.. but he genuinely loves Liz and sees Luke as family.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: He's one for Luke. In a variation, T.J. is more obliviously obnoxious, he does like Luke and treats him like family. Luke just sort of tolerates him for Liz's sake. (Jess flat out can't stand him.)
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: During one episode, he imposes himself on Luke and Lorelai's romantic dinner after having a spat with Liz, to Luke's annoyance, though as usual he's oblivious to it.
Played by: Arielle Kebbel
- Alliterative Name: Until she married Dean, anyway.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Rory's Veronica.
- Disposable Fiancé: She was so disposable that Louise was able to predict her marriage with Dean breaking because of Rory despite never even meeting her.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Michel found her attractive.
- Lethal Chef: Apparently. Though she tried her best to improve for Dean's sake and seemed to make some progress.
- Spoiled Brat: She's immature and would rather have fun than acknowledge that her husband has to work, but she cares about Dean and consequently tries to improve in cooking to please him.
- Woman in White: In the fifth season, when she doesn't have any Jerk Ass moments and her innocence is played up as the extramarital affair's wronged party.
Played by: Rini Bell
Played by: Biff Yeager
- Deadpan Snarker: Always speaks in an apathetic tone and hardly says a line that isn't a snark.
Played by: Susane LeeA studious and shy exchange student from Korea.
- Cultural Rebel: She hides her American tastes like Lane did. Lane is even bemused when she finds out that Kyon likes Avril Lavigne.
- Replacement Goldfish: Moves in with Mrs. Kim after Lane moves out. Lane even calls her on it.
- Ship Tease: She shows interest in Brian after finding out his love of Korean culture.
- Super Gullible: Kyon never watches TV due to believing that Mrs. Kim can know when she watches it even when she isn't around and calls French fries "the devil's starchy fingers."
Played by: Vanessa Marano
- Brainy Brunette: A very smart, dark-haired girl who loves science. A Year in the Life reveals that she's an MIT student.
- Cousin Oliver: A young, precocious character added in during a rather unpopular stretch of the show.
- Hollywood Nerd: April is supposed to be a dork, but aside from her Nerd Glasses, she's actually quite lovely.
- Luke, You Are My Father: To, well, Luke.
- Meganekko: She wears Nerd Glasses.
- No Sense of Humor: Self-admitted in the revival; she's working on it.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In college, to the point where Luke needed a dictionary, a thesaurus, and a book about natural philosophy just to decode a letter she sent him.
Paris Eustace Geller
Played by: Liza WeilOne of the top students at Chilton, who tries to make Rory's life there hell. The two of them eventually become close friends, but it always remains a little shaky.
- Academic Alpha Bitch: The first time that Rory meets Paris at Chilton, Paris tells her how she's going to be editor of the school paper and valedictorian, ending with, "You'll never catch up. You'll never beat me. This school is my domain and the Franklin is my domain. And don't you ever forget that."
- Adorkable: Sometimes, when she's excited. A good example would be her celebration of clocking in on her first day of actual work and her noting that the time clock "made the punchy sound" when she punched her card.
- Ascended Extra: Especially after season 1. Originally Paris was only going to be in a few episodes, but Liza Weil really stood out and her role was greatly expanded.
- The B Grade: Paris gets an A-minus on a science test and forces Rory to have an emergency study session with her.Paris: All I had to do was move a decimal point, and none of this would have happened.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Doyle. The original series ends with her breaking up with him and him refusing to accept it. In the revival she is getting divorced from him, but admits that she misses him and the sex was "volcanic".
- Big Eater: Not typically, but in college, she fasted for Ramadan as part of an assignment for the Yale newspaper and as soon as it was over, she ordered a staggering amount of takeout and freaked out when her cheesy bread didn't arrive with the rest of her food.
- Brutal Honesty: Don't ask Paris a question unless you're prepared for a pretty harsh answer.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In the later part of Season 1 and the beginning Season 2, she freezes out Rory because she believes that Rory accepted a date with Tristan (she didn't). Never mind the fact that A) Rory was the one who set up Tristan with Paris in the first place and B) Rory personally helped Paris prepare for her first date with him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very much so, she always has snarky insults and rude comebacks for people she dislikes, so pretty much everyone.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: While she's still blunt while the series goes on, she gradually becomes a true friend to Rory despite two falling outs and by the time of the revival views Lorelai as one of the closest things she's had to a mother.
- Determinator: She will fight to succeed and get what she wants.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Whenever she has an opportunity, she terrorizes, shouts at and commands around just everybody below her (and some weak-willed individuals who are technically her superiors). It shows best when she becomes the editor of Yale's Daily News, but starts as early as in Chilton.Francie: What idiot gave her a gavel?
- Dumb Blonde: Except with regards to diplomacy, this is averted to Hell.
- Extracurricular Enthusiast: Even makes a chart of experiences and activities to do by graduation.
- Fish out of Water: She doesn't fit in so well on her first trip to Stars Hollow, but mostly because she's convinced that it's secretly some kind of seedy hellhole.
- Generation Xerox: Sadly, the revival shows her during a divorce with Doyle with their kids being more attached to their foreign nanny, although their family situation still doesn't look as bad as Paris' when she was growing up.
- Go-Getter Girl: Like Rory, only with a slight touch of insanity to it.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Rory and Paris usually find a way to work things out, though.Emily (to Rory): Are you and Paris Gellar friends? I can never tell.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Mainly with Rory, though not only. Paris is brilliant and knows it, but her insecurity on a social level and paranoid personality makes her feel easily threatened. The revival shows that, despite her relative success, this hasn't totally gone away. During an alumni day at Chilton, she runs into former Alpha Bitch Francie and not only freaks out on her for stuff that happened years ago, but turns on Rory too, accusing her of conspiring with Francie.
- Informed Judaism: The only time it really came up during the course of the show was when Paris visited Jamie during the holidays, and when it's pointed out her bat mitzvah dress carries a menorah, though Liza Weil does practice Reform Judaism in real life.
- Insufferable Genius: Paris is brilliant, sure, but she's also a pain in the ass about making sure everyone knows it.
- Jerkass: In Season 1, defaulting to Jerk with a Heart of Gold in later seasons.
- Lonely Rich Kid: It's downplayed, but one gets the sense her parents don't care an ounce about her. She was basically raised by her nanny, and is heartbroken when she moves to college and has to let her go (but they still talk), and she doesn't have many friends. Though that's due to her having No Social Skills, and it gets better in later seasons.
- May–December Romance: With college professor Asher Fleming. She seems to have a thing for older men as well, including Richard. Both squick out Rory. It seems that she just judges people for her brains and accomplishments, so older men have an advantage.
- The Napoleon: She is usually the shortest, the loudest and the most power-hungry person in the room.
- No Indoor Voice: What's shouting for others, for Paris is a normal speaking volume. It's implied to be her Fatal Flaw which cost her Harvard.
- No Social Skills: She's good with academics, not with people.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: How she feels about Rory. On notable example is in "Secrets and Loans" when she just HAS to know if Rory's PSAT scores are higher than hers. Rory refuses to tell her.
- Parental Abandonment: Technically she still has her parents but not only do we never see them neither does she (we do see Paris's mother once played by the mom of Kelly from Beverly Hills, 90210, but she's on for less than a minute to lecture her about her acne regimen). They're rarely even in the same country as her and she was functionally raised by her nanny, who attends her graduation with her own family to provide some kind of 'family' support. Later they forget to pay their taxes, leave the country to avoid charges and leave her penniless. In the revival she actually claims that Lorelai was the closest thing to a mother she had, after her nanny. Lorelai is somewhat disturbed by this.
- The Perfectionist: She has ridiculously high standards, a fact that bites her on the ass when she takes over editorship of the Yale Daily Editor. Her need to micromanage everyone and force every article to live up to her standard of quality drives most of the staff to quit.
- Perpetual Frowner: Paris is usually stressed about something, angry and/or feels that she's Surrounded by Idiots, and her expression reflects that.
- Power Hair: She cuts her hair into this style in the revival as she runs a successful fertility clinic.
- Preppy Name
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 2.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Rory's Blue.
- Riches to Rags: After her parents leave the country to avoid charges for tax evasion. She manages remarkably well (she already seemed to have logical money skills and shamed her parents for stupid accounting), and adjusts fairly quickly to no longer having money, all things considered.
- The Rival: Introduced in Season 1 as a rival to Rory, and always feels this way a little, even when they become friends.
- Slut-Shaming: Paris inflicts it on herself, apparently seeing a link between having sex with Jamie and not getting into Harvard. She does it during her Chilton Bicentennial speech, which is aired live by C-SPAN (a very rare instance of that network lending its brand to a fictional series). And then outs Rory as a virgin, and 'deduces' (correctly) that therefore she will get accepted into Harvard. Did we mention it was on C-SPAN?Paris:Pack your chastity belt Gilmore - you're going to Harvard!
- By the next season, she criticizes Rory twice for slut shaming her (First over her affair with Professor Fleming, and later about having sex with Doyle), referring to Rory more than once as a prude.
- School Newspaper News Hound: editor of both the Chilton Franklin and Yale Daily News.
- Student Council President
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's usually the icy part with everyone, including close friends and loved ones, but every so often, the sugar part comes through, like with Lorelai, Rory, and Jamie.
- Tomboyish Name: Her middle name is 'Eustace', although nobody calls her that.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 4. Paris was never the nicest person around, but at least in earlier seasons she tended to abuse people who'd annoyed her or the ones she was feeling threatened by. Granted, those two categories covered most of the population, but at least she used to have reasons. In her freshman year in college, however, she goes to treat her innocent, nice and loving boyfriend like dirt, and not even for a cover for her affair with an older man, but simply because she doesn't even bother to tell Jamie she doesn't want him anymore.
- Tsundere: Type A.
- Unknown Rival: Again, with Rory.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite trading snark with each other, Rory and Paris have become close friends and will stick up for each other. Paris, in a way, becomes Rory's closest confidante during the periods of time when Rory's relationships with her family became strained. Even in early seasons, Paris often ran to Rory for help when she had a problem.
Played by: Danny Strong
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Paris, until They Do (much to Rory's initial disgust). And after that too. The revival shows them still being in that stage while they are getting divorced.
- Beta Couple: With Paris, to Rory and Logan.
- Deadpan Snarker: Frequently.
- Lovable Nerd: Who else but Danny Strong?
- School Newspaper News Hound: a pretty desperate one.
- The Smart Guy
Played by: Matt Czuchry
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Rory swears that Logan is even smarter than she is, and when he wants to, Logan displays serious intelligence and education. He just doesn't usually want to. The only reason he manages to stay on the staff of the school paper is because the editor knows who his father is.
- The Charmer
- Freudian Excuse: He's a lazy, partying, womanizing sleaze... but does so because he's been under constant pressure since childhood from his overbearing dad, and born to a Big, Screwed-Up Family who's first reaction to him actually settling down with someone in Rory is to pick her apart and say she's not right for him.
- Handsome Lech
- I'm a Man; I Can't Help It: How he justifies his horn doggery.
- Jerkass: Later (arguably) becoming a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Lady Killer In Love: When he falls for Rory, Logan tries to swear off his womanizing ways.
- Meet Cute: When buying coffee from the cart at school Rory turns around and drops her change all over the ground. She crouches down. Logan stops to help her pick up the coins and he greets her with, "This would definitely qualify as a cute meet if we hadn't already met."
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 6.
- Rebel Prince: He says that he sees only one door, and feels he's being pushed through it. What he feels he's being pushed into is inheriting the Huntzberger Publishing Company, a national newspaper conglomerate.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Doesn't care about breaking rules (or laws) because he is secure that his family's wealth can get him out of any tight spots.
- Smug Snake: Early on, though he occasionally relapses into it.
- Spoiled Brat: And how!
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: His appearance and behavior, at first at least, might give a feeling that we're seeing a couple of years older Tristan again. Down to having Those Two Guys companions with whom he does stupid things, and ridiculing his the Betty rivals for belonging working class.
- Third-Option Love Interest: A successful one at that, quickly replacing Dean and Marty.
- Troubled, but Cute: A shining example.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Has serious daddy issues with his overbearing, disapproving father.
- Your Cheating Heart: With five different girls from his sister's wedding party, no less! He later cheats on his fiance with Rory till she breaks it off.
Played by: Wayne Wilcox
- The Bus Came Back: Just in time for Rory to reject him again in the last season.
- Derailing Love Interests: Goes from a nice, sweet friend to a bit of a jealous Jerkass.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Rory.
- Just Friends. He might have even used the phrase itself during his confession.
- Naked First Impression: First meets Rory when he wakes up outside her dorm room after a party, without any clothes on.
Played by: Olivia HackOne of Rory and Paris's dormmates in their freshman year at Yale. She is younger than both girls and is very quiet and out of place in social situations.
- Ambiguous Disorder: She's socially awkward and only ever seems to be interested in giving out facts to people.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She is very odd and tends to say the wrong things.
- Ditzy Genius: Intelligent enough to get into Yale when she's just 15, but she appears to be extremely clueless and awkward.
- Fish out of Water: She's even more socially awkward than Rory.
- No Social Skills: Zero social skills, even compared to Rory of the early seasons.
- The Quiet One
- Put on a Bus: Disappears after season 4, since she wasn't rooming with Rory and Paris anymore.
- Teen Genius: She was 15 when she started college.
Played by: Katie WalderAnother of Rory and Paris's dormmates in their freshman year at Yale. Her strong personality often causes her to clash with Paris.
Played by: Michael YorkAn old colleague of Richard's and professor at Yale. He has a reputation for dating young attractive female students.
- Bus Crash: He and Paris go away to England during the summer, and he dies there.
- Character Death: He has a heart condition and dies.
- Cool Old Guy: Tries to be cool by dating young college girls.
- Hot Teacher: Paris and quite a lot of female students at Yale would say so.
- May–December Romance: He and Paris start dating and their relationship lasts quite long. He seems to have a reputation for dating young female students. Paris names the trope word-for-word to describe their relationship, though Rory describes it as a "May-Min Dynasty romance".
Played by: Shelly ColeA ditzy member of Paris' Chilton clique, always seen with Louise.
- Afraid of Blood: Madeline is afraid even of the word 'blood'. Saying it will make her scream.
- Beta Bitch: She and Lousie help Paris intimidate Rory in early episodes, though it's clear Madeline is not particularly mean, but more of a follower.
- Brainless Beauty: To a certain degree. While ditzy, she has a very good memory and is able to achieve decent grades with effort.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A played down version of the ditz variety.
- Experimented in College: Somewhat. While on spring break in college, the two girls discover that they can manipulate boys by kissing each other.
- The Fashionista: While she is rarely seen out of her Chilton uniform, she is very interested in fashion and very emotionally invested in new trends and fashion magazines.
- Friendly Enemy: To Rory, periodically. Theoretically she is supposed to follow Paris in her Face–Heel Revolving Door, but has trouble remembering whether she is supposed to talk to Rory at the moment, or not.
- Genius Ditz: Hard to tell. Madeline seems like a complete idiot at times, and yet she's still a Chilton student and apparently does quite well at school (part of the credit goes probably to Paris terrorizing her clique, but still).
- Girl Posse: One of the sidekicks for Paris.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She and Louise seem to 'hate' Rory only on Paris' command and over time become sort of friends with her. They are still capable of behaving like bullies at times, though. Just ask Brad.
- Ms. Fanservice: Both Madeline and Louise seemed to fit the role, especially during college when they discovered that they can get boys to do what they want by kissing each other. The outfits fit that role.
- Odd Friendship: With Paris. It seems neither Madeline or Louise aren't particularly interested in her well being, but Madeline is more willing than Louise to play along with Paris' schemes, as she is more naive.
- Put on a Bus: Since she doesn't go to Yale with Rory and Paris. she and Louise make a re-appearance in a spring break episode in season four.
- Those Two Girls: With Louise.
- Upper-Class Twit: She is very wealthy, and not very bright.
Played by: Teal RedmannA flirtatious member of Paris' Chilton clique, always seen with Madeline.
- Beta Bitch: Louise helps Paris intimidate Rory in early episodes.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Madeline.
- Louise: Madeline, you are not confused. Think. Process. Focus.
- Deadpan Snarker: Though not as much as Paris. She might not be as book smart as Rory and Paris, but she's just as capable of trading barbs with them and getting under Paris's skin.
- Experimented in College: Somewhat. While on spring break in college, the two girls discover that they can manipulate boys by kissing each other.
- The Fashionista: Like Madeline, she is rarely seen on screen not in school uniform, but is clearly very into fashion. She probably gets it from home - her godfather is Helmut Newton and her mother is implied to be a former model.
- Friendly Enemy: To Rory, periodically. Theoretically she and Madeline are supposed to follow Paris in her Face–Heel Revolving Door, but they after a few circles they stop putting any effort into that.
- Girl Posse: One of the sidekicks for Paris.
- Good Bad Girl: While both she and Madeline are flirtatious, Louise is implied to be quite promiscuous.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She and Madeline seem to 'hate' Rory only on Paris' command and over time become sort of friends with her. They are still capable of behaving like bullies at times, though. Just ask Brad.
- Ms. Fanservice: Both Madeline and Louise seemed to fit the role, especially during college when they discovered that they can get boys to do what they want by kissing each other. The outfits fit the bill, as they apparently "wear their underwear outside of their shirts".
- Odd Friendship: With Paris. It seems neither Madeline or Louise aren't particularly interested in her well being, and Louise is often quite mean to Paris - though she seems to enjoy the influence Paris has in school.
- Put on a Bus: Since she doesn't go to Yale with Rory and Paris. She and Madeline make a re-appearance in a spring break episode in season four.
- Really Gets Around: Supposedly.
- Those Two Girls: With Madeline.
- White Collar Crime: Her father is sent to prison for some kind of fraud, and then gets a Luxury Prison Suite when Louise and her mother visit him in jail for Christmas.
Played by: Scott Cohen
- Alliterative Name
- Amicable Exes: With Lorelai. When she meets him again after she's left him at the altar, Max acts so classy, that it makes Lorelai a little uncomfortable.
- Cool Teacher: Voted favorite by the students.
- Hot Teacher: A few of his students mention how attractive he is and wonder if he's dating someone.
- Romantic False Lead: In season 2, he and Lorelai were going to get married and move in together.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome
- The Bus Came Back: Returning from California.
Played by: Chad Michael Murray
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica To Dean's Betty, before Jess arrives.
- The Cameo: Has a non-speaking one in "Spring", bringing Paris' insecurities to the fore.
- The Casanova: During the preparation to the school play he chooses a group with Paris (whom he briefly dated) and Rory (whom he kissed) out of five or so others, because... it was the only one free of his ex-girlfriends.
- Freudian Excuse: He's implied to have a pretty bad family situation.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Obsessed with Rory at least partly because she isn't interested in him. Rory even says that she doesn't think he actually likes her, just that he wants to prove that he could get her to like him.
- Preppy Name
- Put on a Bus: shipped off to military school.
- Spoiled Brat
Headmaster Hanlin Charleston
Played by: Dakin Matthews
Played by: Eddie Shin
- Put on a Bus
- Secret Relationship: Somewhat, despite never actually going on a date. Ironically, Henry would probably be the perfect boyfriend for Lane in her mother's eyes, but Lane decides to hide the relationship since she thinks her parents would either never approve or approve of him so much that Lane wouldn't like him anymore.
- Token Minority Couple: With Lane.
Francine "Francie" Jarvis
Played by: Emily Bergl
- Alpha Bitch: Leader of the Puffs, Chilton's "secret" sorority, and senior class president in season 3, who pits her two enemies, Rory and Paris, against each other and subtly manipulates the student council for personal gains.
- Evil Redhead
- Smug Snake: Lampshaded by Paris: 'She's not smart enough to be sneaky'. She does manage to temporarily do some harm to Paris and Rory's friendship, but mostly by an accident (she mentions Paris' boyfriend not intending this information to be the bomb) and thanks to Paris' paranoid personality. Usually, though, her plots are easily brought down by Paris or Rory, but she still fancies herself as a formidable enemy of them.
Played by: David Sutcliffe
- Amicably Divorced: For the most part of the series with Lorelai, despite not having been ever married. He eventually does end up being divorced twice, to two different women, both being the mothers of his daughters.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Max's Betty.
- Bumbling Dad: To Rory.
- Disappeared Dad: For the most part.
- Extreme Doormat: Any time his parents or Lorelai's parents tell him to do something, he usually does it without much protest. He usually means well for Lorelai and Rory, but he doesn't seem to be able to stand up to their parents. Plus, when Sherry tells him she's pregnant, he's visibly torn between staying for Rory or returning to Sherry before caving in and leaving again. It's strongly implied from his conversation with Rory in "Fall" that even if he tried to convince Lorelai to let him help raise Rory, he wouldn't be able to change her mind and figured it would be easier to let her have her way.
- Glorified Sperm Donor: He was rarely in Rory's life, largely due to Lorelai running away and breaking off contact, and because his parents directed his life to keep contact to a minimum as well as wanting to show her that he was stable enough to help. When Rory goes to see him in "Fall", she asks him about why he didn't to convince Lorelai to raise her together. He confessed that when he first saw how she held baby Rory, he knew there was no way he could get in between them. He knew that because she was so headstrong about her choices and because they were so young, he wouldn't be able to change her mind anyway and let her raise Rory alone.
- Humans Are Flawed: Christopher usually means well and is generally a nice guy, but can't seem to get a control over his life, is weak, easily manipulated and well, he and Lorelai tend to have a horrible timing, so his appearance usually make things worse. Rory at some point realizes it and tries to keep him from causing damage to her mother's life. Lorelai doesn't.
- Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Rich Suitor for Lorelai, with Luke being the Poor Suitor. It has to do more with the social standing than with the actual money, though. And in later seasons he gets filthy rich when he inherits his father's money. He spends a romantic getaway with Lorelai in Paris and uses his money to pull a Grand Romantic Gesture — they were hungry and couldn't find a place, so he pays a lot of money to have a romantic restaurant opened just for them.
- Romantic False Lead: For Lorelai: no matter how much he (and sometimes she) wished otherwise, it was always going to be Luke for her. Even acknowledged in-universe as such.
- Shotgun Wedding:
- Averted with Lorelai when she got pregnant with him when they both were teens; both their parents pushed hard for this, and he was willing, but Lorelai refused.
- He actually wanted to end his relationship with Sherry, but returned to her when he found out she is pregnant; they got married and had Gigi.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Lorelai, for more than twenty years. Eventually they get to get together and then split up for good.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: He's known Lorelai since they were kids and genuinely does love her. He even proposed to her when she got pregnant, and they did get married in Season 7, but her heart ultimately lies with Luke. When Rory goes to notify him about the wedding, he tells her to send Lorelai his best wishes and that he's learned his lesson about letting her go.
- Unwitting Pawn: A lot of his actions towards Lorelai are largely triggered by suggestions from Emily, in an albeit misguided attempt to do right by Lorelai. For her part, she doesn't seem to begrudge his efforts, but she knows that he rarely did things of his own volition and mostly because the parents tell him to.
Played by: Milo Ventimiglia
- Ambiguous Disorder: Shows the disdain and apathy consistent with someone suffering from depression and social anxiety, and in his centric episode in season 3, he blows up about his insecurities. See Hilariously Abusive Childhood below for more information on his troubled past and the actor has said that Jess is the kind of person who gets uncomfortable and leaves a room when there's too many people.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: In season 4's "Last Week Tights, This Week Fights", Jess begs Rory to run away with him and be with him ("And I"m ready. I'm ready for this. You can count on me now. I know you couldn't count on me before, but you can now. You can.") — this is possibly a reaction to seeing Rory and Dean together outside her dorm room as he comes to talk with her. It doesn't make Rory's rejection any less heartwrenching. This comes in the same season as his Love Confession, which was unexpected, but less anguished.
- Amicable Exes: With Rory in the revival. They chat over drinks, he provides a sounding board for her current life struggles, and gives her the idea to write her book.
- Betty and Veronica:
- The Veronica to Dean's Betty. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship with Jess to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature.
- The Betty to Logan's Veronica in Season 6.
- Black Sheep: To all of Stars Hollow.
- Book Worm: Rory's massive book collection prompts him to steal and annotate her copy of Ginsburg's "Howl" so that he can attempt to actually talk to her. Their mutual love of reading forms the basis of their relationship.
- Broken Ace: Inverted. Jess' outward image highlights his troubled nature, his insecurity, and loner tendencies, when he's actually quite sophisticated and intelligent.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Starts out this way, then puts on this as a facade the fact he's got a job at Walmart where he works overtime shifts. He also secretly fixed Luke's toaster and refuses to admit he did it. He's shed the facade completely by Season 6 as he's written a book and is running a small publishing house.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding Boy to Rory's Gentle Girl.
- Brutal Honesty: He's absolutely not afraid to say what's on his mind, especially how he sees Luke acting towards Lorelai. His first encounter with Lorelai even led him to bluntly ask her if they were a couple. In Season 6 this trait comes in handy making Rory see how much she's screwed up her life and go back to Yale.
- Character Development: By Season 6 he's matured greatly, learned to communicate with people, and thanks both Luke and Rory for supporting him when his life was a mess.
- Commonality Connection: Despite his bad boy, cynical New Yorker attitude being at complete odds with small-town sweetheart Rory, they quickly bond over a shared passion for music, popular culture, and literature.
- Commuting on a Bus: Returns twice for several episodes in Season 4, and two in Season 6. He's mentioned in "Winter" and appears in "Summer" and "Fall".
- Deadpan Snarker: Must be inherited from his uncle, as their conversations tend to fall into Snark-to-Snark Combat, as well as towards Lorelai. He's much nicer to Rory for obvious reasons.
- Disappeared Dad: His father left the family right after Jess was born.
- For Dean. While Jess has his own problems and is generally not well liked by the residents of Stars Hollow he connects with Rory on an intellectual level unlike anyone else in the town.
- For Logan: Both of them are intelligent but unmotivated, rebellious and had neglectful childhoods. But while Logan is ridiculously wealthy and can rely on his family to bail him out of trouble, Jess comes from a poor single parent family and has to deal with the consequences of his bad decisions. They're also foils regarding Rory: Both of them fell for her despite being fairly guarded, uncaring guys most of the time but while Logan drags her down into partying and theft, Jess inspires her to stick with her dreams and go back to Yale. This carries into the revival where she's Logan's mistress while Jess tells her to write a book.
- For Rory herself. Both of them were raised by young mothers without their fathers present. But while Lorelai raised Rory with a fierce devotion in the stable environment of Stars Hollow, Liz was a wildly unstable alcoholic and drug user who rarely paid attention to her son while barely raising him in the more chaotic New York City, forcing him to raise himself. When they first met, she was on a bright path to Yale while he was insecure and self-destructive about his path in life. In the revival, he has a stable life in Philadelphia working in publishing while Rory is floundering in her career and unsure about her life. As one review put it, it's telling that while he continues to carry a book with him and is reading in his final scenes, Rory hasn't been seen with a book the entire time, aside from glancing at the Stars Hollow Gazette and writing the first three chapters of her manuscript.
- Genius Book Club: A trait shared with Rory. He has read and can be found reading many famous authors, including Tom Wolfe, Kurt Vonnegut, and Jack Kerouac. He debates the merits of Bukowski with Paris and teases Rory for her disdain of Hemingway. He grabs her attention in an Establishing Character Moment by writing notes in the margins of her copy of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," which he tells her he's read "about 40 times."
- Hates Small Talk: Self-admittedly. His monosyllabic tendencies are commented by several characters and never in a positive light.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: When Liz shows up her ditzy nature and bad taste in men is almost entirely played for laughs...never mind that Jess had to grow up with an unstable mother and her string of horrible boyfriends. And yeah, he gets blamed for being bitter about it? In his first meeting with Lorelai, she clumsily attempts to relate to him with her own past - despite some clear differences, namely that her parents smothered her while his neglected him - and it only makes him even angrier.
- Insecure Love Interest: Openly admits that he has no idea why Rory is with him, and his insecurity is a major reason their relationship falls apart.Luke: She picked you.
Jess: God knows why.
Luke: She knows, that’s all that matters
- Jerkass: Initially he was this but grows into Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's certainly rude, surly, uncommunicative and difficult, but does care about Luke and Rory, and tries to support them though he's too dysfunctional to succeed at first. By his return in S6 he's shed most of the jerkish aspects and is much nicer, though his bluntness and snarking remain.
- Like a Son to Me: To Luke by the end of the series. In A Year In A Life Lorelai even asks Luke if he wanted a son to throw a football around with and Luke says he has Jess.
- Love at First Sight: Upon his second return in season 4, he tells Rory that he knew they were "meant to be together" from the first time he saw her. Sadly, Rory has lost her trust in him by this point and rejects him.
- Love Redeems: Deconstructed. Jess' issues with close relationships and communication persist despite starting a relationship with Rory. Rory is ill-equipped to help him with these issues, and is often frustrated by them. Eventually, it contributes to the breakdown in their relationship and with Jess leaving town without warning. Jess does eventually go through a massive dose of Character Development between seasons 4 and 6, but it's not portrayed as the direct result of his feelings for Rory.
- Nephewism: Is introduced into the story by being sent to live with his uncle, Luke.
- Nice Guy: Upgrades to this by Season 6 and in A Year In The Life as he's much more communicative, reliable and friendly.
- No Romantic Resolution: In "A Year in the Life," Jess is the only one of Rory's major ex-love interests she does not get closure with. This did not go unnoticed by Literati shippers.
- Odd Friendship: Although very short-lived, as they really interacted only on one evening, Jess notably goes down in the show's history books as the only one of Rory's love interests who got along with Paris. A deleted scene showed that even Paris could sense their Belligerent Sexual Tension and gave him her seal of approval.Paris: If you ever do decide that you like him, I wouldn't blame you. He's unbelievably cute, and though his literary tastes leaves a little to be desired, at least he has literary taste.
- Rory's friendship with Jess is seen as this by pretty much everyone, including Lorelai. This is mostly due to Jess coming off as a troublemaker and punk to the rest of the town, but he connects with Rory over their shared interests.
- Only Friend: Rory, by choice, during season 2 and 3 of the series. In part due to him leaving Stars Hollow and in part due to Character Development, he outgrows this by season 6, and is seen to have a least a few friends at Truncheon.
- Operation: Jealousy: The first half of season three. Jess gets himself a blond bimbo solely to infuriate Rory and show her that little does he care about her still being Dean's girlfriend. As soon as Rory and Dean are broken up, the bimbo is out of the picture.
- Parental Abandonment: Jess ends up in Stars Hollow because his mother couldn't handle him. She ships him off to Luke without asking his (or Luke's) input.
- Pet the Dog: In one episode, he pulls a prank which turns the whole town against Luke because he tried to defend him yet again. When he gets a What the Hell, Hero? from Rory for not caring about it and being ungrateful to Luke, he fixes the toaster Luke was working on in the beginning of the episode and doesn't even take credit for it.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 2.
- The Reliable One: Amazingly - considering how he started out - he's become this in the revival, getting Luke to talk about his situation with Lorelai, solving his wi-fi problem and comforting Rory through her mid-life crisis.
- Second Love: To Rory. Dean was the first.
- Self-Made Man: Season 6 reveals that he's published a short book co-runs a small publishing business, and is very involved with the local independent arts scene.
- Smarter Than You Look: The early seasons. Most of the town thinks he's a failure and a trouble maker, and he does little to change that opinion. He fails high school, but is highly intelligent, well-read, and goes on to work in publishing, including a novel of his own. Rory calls him on this explicitly in "Teach Me Tonight," and tells him he could do more with his life.
- Star-Crossed Lovers:
- As the show went on, this became the case for him and Rory. Their initial attraction and relationship is plagued by the presence of Dean, the town's disapproval and Jess's own issues. Jess then runs away, leaving Rory heartbroken but later returns to find Rory back with Dean, leaving him heartbroken. He then returns again (after fixing himself) as a young adult to find Rory now with Logan and as much of a mess as he was before. After he convinces her to 'fix' her life, they kiss for a final time, only for her to decide to remain with Logan instead, causing Lit fans to lose their final shred of patience with the writers.
- The ending of A Year In A Life hints that Jess might still have feelings for Rory, but only a few scenes later we discover she's pregnant with (probably) Logan's child.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: In the early seasons, Jess is distant and snarky with nearly everyone, except Rory. This does not go unnoticed by her, and she pointedly calls him out on it after he nettles the hell out of her boyfriend before going on a picnic with her, where they discussed literature.
- Teens Are Short: Milo Ventimiglia is actually 5'10", which is the average height for guys. Part of the trick to convince the audience that he was was 17 was to use camera angles to make him look shorter as well as dressing him in slightly baggier clothing. Playing most of his scenes against the 6'3" Luke and 6'4" Dean also helped make him look smaller by comparison and Milo has said that when filming "Keg! Max!"'s big fight scene, what Jess lacked in size, he made up for in scrappiness.
- Terse Talker: He can be eloquent (mostly when talking to Rory or taunting Dean), but usually gets by 'yep', 'nope' and 'huh'.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- Far friendlier and more sociable when he returns in S6, and certainly much better at articulating his feelings. The Jess we first met would never have given genuine heart-felt speeches about appreciating everything Luke and Rory did for him.
- Taken Up to 11 in "A Year in The Life" he gets along quite well with Rory again and gives her the idea for her novel. , and comforts Luke when Lorelai leaves to find herself. before yanking out the diner's WiFi to give his uncle some peace. It's strongly implied in his last scene he's still in love with Rory, and might have another shot with her.
- Troubled, but Cute: Sullen, broody, a neglectful and borderline abusive mother...but damn is he cute. Post Character Development he settles on being just cute.
- Tsundere: He is Tsun Tsun towards everyone but Dere Dere mainly to Rory and at times Luke.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Jess has pretty low self-esteem at the start of the series, despite being intelligent and well-read. While the townsfolk of Stars Hollow buy into his bad boy persona, Rory and Luke don't and insist he can do more with his life. They were right. By season 6, Jess has mellowed; he has published a short novel and works for a publishing company. Both Rory and Luke are proud of him.
- What Have We Ear?: Is introduced with a talent for sleight-of-hand magic tricks. He attempts to use them to flirt with Rory. She is not impressed.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Rory during Season 2 and 3. They do but later break up. Then again during Season 4, when he's Commuting on a Bus, again during brief appearances in Season 6 and then the revival reignites this trope literally minutes from the end.
Played by: Chris Eigeman
- Amicable Exes: Shares a sweet scene with Lorelai in A Year In The Life when he genuinely asks if she's happy and they tease each other with their childhood nicknames.
- The Bus Came Back: Digger returns in A Day in the Life at Richard's funeral. He and Lorelai are able to reconcile.
- Derailing Love Interests: Once he goes after Richard, Lorelai dumps him. He then squats at the Dragonfly, refusing to take no for an answer despite Loreli breaking up with him, nearly ruining her budding relationship with Luke.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Digger" Stiles. A lot of the characters call him that simply to annoy him.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Most of the time his childhood is brought up, it's for laughs.
- Put on a Bus
- Third-Option Love Interest: For Lorelai.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He and his father outright hate each other, and his team up with Richard was partly to get back at him. Given his dad later sues him and destroys his business, it's justified.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Nothing ever comes from the storyline dealing with Jason suing Richard.
Played by: Sebastian BachAn older rocker who joins Hep Alien after Dave moves to California. Despite his age, he is just as capable of keeping up musically with his younger bandmates.
- Cool Old Guy: Something that both Brian and Zach had reservations about since they wanted the band to maintain a youthful image. Lane vetoed both of them and let Gil in the band due to his guitar-playing abilities.
- Happily Married: Married and with kids. In one scene, the characters were shocked to see Gil making out with someone, only to find out it's his wife.
- Nice Guy: The sweetest guy. It's part of what gets him in the band: Lane sees him with his family and genuinely thanking her for the opportunity and can't bring herself to reject him based simply on his age.
- Team Dad: An actual dad with two young kids. Not to mention, he is the oldest member in Hep Alien. Sometimes his fatherly instincts brush off on the band, to Zach's displeasure.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Generally serves this.
- Surfer Dude: Speaks like this.
Played by: Madchen AmickChristopher's seemingly perfect new girlfriend and later fiancée. A glamorous, driven career woman who always insists on getting her way.
- Control Freak: To the point of scheduling giving birth.
- Determinator: She usually finds a way to get her own way no matter the circumstances, such as getting Rory to bond with her and trying to arrange every little detail of her pregnancy and birth.
- Family Versus Career: A career girl. The show does not treat it sympathetically.
- Missing Mom: Abandons Christopher and Gigi when Gigi is still a toddler because she was chasing a career opportunity in Europe. Though later she changes her mind and seeks a contact with her daughter.
- Put on a Bus: Despite only appearing in the second and third seasons, Sherry's impact is felt throughout the rest of the series.
- Shotgun Wedding: She and Christopher only return to each other and get married because Sherry discovers she's pregnant. It ends the way you'd expect it to.
Played by: Rose AbdooEmily's new maid in the revival, and the first of her maids to not get fired between episodes. She lasts the entire revival and is firmly in place with her entire extended family by the end.
- Ambiguously Brown: Rose Abdoo, who plays her (and who also plays Stars Hollow's resident mechanic Gypsy) is of part-Lebanese, part-Dominican ethnicity.
- Funny Foreigner: Berta doesn't even try to speak English, gradually moves her large extended family into Emily's house, and Emily has no idea what goes into her cooking (although since it's delicious, this is not a problem.)
- Spicy Latina: Averted. She's Latina but she's warm and friendly.
- The Unintelligible: Nobody in-universe knows exactly what language Berta speaks (best guess is one of the Iberian Romance languages) but her dialogue is subtitled for the benefit of the viewer. note